Conference Program & Schedule

Thursday, May 30

12:30-2:00 pm
Exploring Maine Wabanaki History
Bodwell Lounge, Collins Center for the Arts

Prior to the formal start of the conference, join Maine-Wabanaki REACH for this interactive program, co-sponsored by the Friends (Quaker) Committee on Maine Public Policy and the Episcopal Committee on Indian Relations.

This is a FREE event. Space is limited for this event, so please pre-register online.

2:00-3:00 pm
Conference Registration
Lobby, Collins Center for the Arts

2:00-5:00 pm
Tour the Maine Indian Gallery and related exhibits
Hudson Museum, Collins Center for the Arts

3:00-4:30 pm
Panel #1: Maine Indians and the Maine State Constitution
Bodwell Lounge, Collins Center for the Arts

Welcome from Emily A. Haddad, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Science, University of Maine

  • John Dieffenbacher-Krall, Episcopal Committee on Indian Relations
  • James Francis, Director, Penobscot Nation Cultural and Historic Preservation Department
  • Donna Loring, LHD, Penobscot Tribal Elder, Senior Advisor to the Governor on Tribal Affairs
  • Sherri Mitchell, Penobscot Nation Citizen, Indigenous Rights Attorney, Author, Teacher
  • Darren Ranco, University of Maine

4:30-5:30 pm
Pre-Concert Reception
Miller’s Café, Collins Center for the Arts

5:30-6:45 pm
Crosscurrents: The DaPonte String Quartet Explores the Mixed Musics of Early Maine
Minsky Recital Hall, Class of 1944 Hall

Unless you are an accepted conference presenter, a ticket must be purchased separately from the conference registration for this event. For tickets, please visit the Collins Center’s website.

7:00 pm
Dinner for conference presenters
1833 Barn, Page Farm and Home Museum

Friday, May 31

8:00 am
Coffee and Light Pastries
Wells Conference Center

8:30-10:00 am
Panel #2: The Maine-Missouri Crisis and the Politics of Slavery
Wells Conference Center

Welcome from Joan Ferrini-Mundy, President of the University of Maine

  • Mary T. Freeman, University of Maine
  • Matthew Mason, Brigham Young University
  • Diane Mutti-Burke, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Patrick Rael, Chair, Bowdoin College

10:00-10:30 am

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Panel #3: Circulating Images: The Production, Distribution & Reception of Visual Culture During the Statehood Era
Wells Conference Center

  • Bernard Fishman, Maine State Museum
  • Martha McNamara, Wellesley
  • Kevin Murphy, Vanderbilt University
  • Justin Wolff, University of Maine
  • Frank Goodyear, Chair, Bowdoin College Museum of Art

12:00-1:00 pm
Wells Conference Center

1:30-3:00 pm
Panel #4: The Madawaska Territory and the Aftermath of Statehood
Bodwell Lounge, Collins Center for the Arts

  • Béatrice Craig, University of Ottawa
  • Elizabeth Mancke, University of New Brunswick
  • Lise Pelletier, University of Maine-Fort Kent
  • Lisa Lavoie, independent scholar, Aroostook County
  • Guy Dubay, independent scholar, Aroostook County

2:30-4:30 pm
Maine History Festival and Reception
Hudson Museum, Collins Center for the Arts

Join us in the large lobby and gallery space of the Collins Center for the Arts for informal one-on-one exchanges which aim to foster collaboration across boundaries, stimulate new thinking, and encourage revision and further development for presenters to share their understanding of all aspects of Maine history and culture in the 2020 bicentennial year.

The Maine History Festival is FREE and open to the public. Co-hosted by the Osher Map Library and the Maine Folklife Center in partnership with National History Day in Maine and the Maine Historical Society.

5:00 pm
Keynote Event
Room 100, Donald P. Corbett Building

Opening Remarks:

  • Jeffrey Hecker, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, University of Maine
  • Maulian Dana, Penobscot Nation, Tribal Ambassador

Featured Speakers:

  • Alan Taylor, Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair, University of Virginia
  • Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, 300th Anniversary Professor, Harvard University


  • Liam Riordan, Professor of History, University of Maine

7:00 pm
Dinner for Conference presenters and guests
McIntire Room, Buchanan Alumni House

Saturday, June 1

8:00 am
Continental Breakfast
Wells Conference Center

8:30-10:00 am
Panel #5: The Maine Centennial in 1920: Commemoration and Remembrance through Photography
Wells Conference Center

  • Kevin Johnson, Penobscot Marine Museum
  • Micah Pawling, University of Maine
  • Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr, Maine State Historian
  • Anne Collins Goodyear, Chair, Bowdoin College Museum of Art

10:00-10:30 am

10:30 am-12:30 pm
Panel #6: Pine Tree Songscape: Historic Music of the Folk of Maine
Wells Conference Center

  • Laura Artesani, University of Maine
  • Kristopher Paprocki, Pembroke, Charlotte & Perry Schools
  • Stephen N. Sanfilippo, Maine Maritime Academy, retired
  • James Moreira, Chair, University of Maine-Machias

12:30 pm

1:30-3:30 pm
Panel #7: Public Ownership vs. Private Rights in Maine’s Public Reserved Lots
Wells Conference Center

  • Richard Barringer, Maine Bureau of Public Lands and Muskie School of Public Service, retired
  • Lee Schepps, former Assistant Attorney General of Maine and past director Bureau of Public Lands
  • Martin Wilk, Maine Attorney General’s Office, retired
  • Thomas Urquhart, Chair, Maine Audubon Society, retired

3:30 pm
Coffee and light snack

4:00 pm
Concert by the Bangor Band
Wells Conference Center

The Bangor Band had its inaugural performance in 1859 and is one of the oldest continuously operating community bands in the United States.